Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Blackhawk Park

Wednesday morning is playgroup with a group of moms from our church. In the summer we try and have the group meet at a local park. after everyone left today, I sought out some shade with the kids and took some photos. The other two children are Natalie and Johnny who come to our house each date for daycare. I took quite a few shots of them all together trying to get them all to look at me but their attention was quickly on other things and this is the only good shot I got!

Sophie's Graduation

Our sweet Sophie has graduated from preschool! She has been attending a community preschool for a couple of hours a week for two years. This fall she will begin kindergarten! Sophie has loved everything about preschool. She is already sad that it is over!

These photos are from Track and Field Day and the end-of-the-year preschool picnic. Calvin discovered a fine culinary treat called cheese balls at the picnic. He kept going back to the buffet and grabbing handfuls of them!

What's Blooming

Oh the gardens are just gorgeous! My peony which I got last year as a tiny twig from someones yard is blooming like crazy! Most of my clematis survived the winter and several are in bloom and climbing the back deck. The aliums, though smaller than last year are a beautiful globe of purple. Some of the perennials have gone crazy and need to be divided. It is supposed to rain for the next four days so I need to get that done!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Musical Notes

May has been a big month for all thing musical in our family. Max had his first piano recital on the 7th. He started taking piano last summer and has been doing really well and usually likes to practise. He was the only one at his recital who played without music. The first photo above is Max with his piano teacher, Mary Friend. Half of our ward takes lessons from her so we had our own recital (a non-Sunday recital) which was a lot of fun as it was not as long and all of the kids were kids we knew from church!

The following night he was in the first grade music program at Red Pine. There are 175 first graders at likes toRed Pine and how this music teacher got them all to sing and do choreography is beyond me. I am lucky if I can get Max and Sophie to make their beds! The whole family was able to come and watch though there were no seats available so we had to stand on the side. Calvin thought the whole thing was a bit loud at times! They sang 14 songs!!

Spring Colors

The garden has been rewarding us with beautiful color - even with the late frost. The rabbits had a great time eating many of the young tulips down to the ground, but we still have many that actually bloomed this year. Last year I planted 10 tulips in the back under the trees and the rabbits left me 4. This past fall I added another 50 and we have a bunch of blooms this year. My biggest frustration with spring is my lack of gardening skills. I cannot remember what I planted and where - which makes weeding rather difficult to manage.